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Western Powers May Have Exacerbated Inequalities, Hurt Development Of Poor Countries

The Guardian: Does the west really care about development? Jason Hickel, anthropologist at the London School of Economics “…[‘Developmentalism’] was built on the twin values of economic independence and social justice. … Instead of supporting the developmentalist movement, [Western powers] set out on a decades-long campaign to topple the elected…

European Commission Announces Increase In Global Fund Contribution Over Next 3 Years

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “Voices”: With Increased Commitment, Europe Demonstrates Leadership in Global Health Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund, writes, “With [Thursday’s] announcement that it is supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with a €470 million [$512 million] contribution…

Conflict In Ukraine Increasing Country’s HIV Cases, NGOs Say

IRIN: How Ukraine’s war is driving up HIV infections “…NGOs are warning that HIV infections are on the rise in eastern Ukraine, where nearly two years of conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government forces has hit prevention and treatment efforts. … About 30 percent of new infections were in the…

Ukraine’s Health System Reform Stalls; UNICEF Calls For Humanitarian Access To Country’s Children Who Need Psychological Support

The Lancet: Ukraine’s beleaguered health system awaits reform “Disillusioned doctors in Ukraine are warning that the country’s health care system is crumbling because of a severe lack of investment as reforms to the sector stall…” (Holt, 2/20). New York Times: Ukraine: UNICEF Warns of Conflict’s Toll on Children “More than…

E.U. Launches European Medical Corps To Better Respond To Health Emergencies

VICE News: New European Medical Corps Will Tackle Ebola-like Emergencies “…It’s called the European Medical Corps (EMC), and its aim is to help the E.U. respond faster to health emergencies by relying on a pool of volunteer medical staff provided by member states. ‘Dozens of cases each day. An entire…

Wider Use Of Vaccines Instead Of Antibiotics Would Help Lower Drug Resistance, Antimicrobial Resistance Review Head Says

Financial Times: O’Neill ‘superbug’ review promotes wider use of vaccines “Vaccines should be used more widely in health care and agriculture as an alternative to antibiotics, according to a U.K.-led review into the problem of drug-resistant ‘superbugs.’ Lord Jim O’Neill, the Treasury minister and former Goldman Sachs economist heading the…

More Severe H1N1 Cases Recorded Across Europe, Middle East

The Guardian: Swine flu spreading across eastern Europe and Middle East “Swine flu has killed 183 people in Ukraine this winter and is spreading rapidly across eastern Europe and the Middle East. At least 107 people have died in Russia after contracting the disease, 18 in Armenia, and 10 in…

E.U.’s Efforts To End FGM Should Address Underlying Discrimination Of Girls, Women

Devex: We can end FGM in a generation Madina Bocoum Daff, female genital mutilation project manager at Plan International Mali “…[Female genital mutilation (FGM)] is a major violation of a girl’s rights and a brutal manifestation of the violence and discrimination to which girls and women the world over are…

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